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LOCAL PROFILE | Jared Lee Pyles

ATLANTA -- Jared Lee Pyles is about as "genuine as a copper penny;" he's got his own, unique sense of style and a creative take on cuisine. 

As the Executive Chef at hot dog concept restaurant, HD1, Jared is fancied for his culinary output as much as he is for his fashion choices. 

Recently, Where U Live followed Jared to his favorite thrift store and he showed us a thing or two about "thrifting" and making old things, new again. 

EMORY | Usher to appear at conference

EMORY | Usher to appear at conference

ATLANTA -- Hip-hop artist Usher will speak at Emory University's undergraduate business school leadership conference.

The performer, whose full name is Usher Raymond III, will headline a panel discussion Thursday with high school and college students who are part of his New Look Foundation, which focuses on mentoring youth.

The event is part of a two-and-a-half day seminar at Emory's Goizueta Business School. Participants are from the top 25 undergraduate business school programs in the U.S., as well as leading institutions in England, Italy, France, Ireland, Colombia, Chile, China, Singapore and other countries.

Lottery sales soar to highest ever

Lottery sales soar to highest ever

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Lottery just experienced its best sales week ever.

Georgia Lottery sales for the week ending February 11 soared to over $101.2 million, more than $5 million ahead of the previous record set in 2007.

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Increased Georgia Lottery sales mean more dollars for the HOPE Scholarship and pre-K programs.

Sales were strong across the board, with Powerball and KENO! having their highest sales week in Georgia Lottery history. Cash 3, Cash 4 and instant games enjoyed their highest sales week of the fiscal year.

Does your lipstick contain lead?

ATLANTA -- A new warning from the Food and Drug Administrations suggests that some popular brands of lipstick, including Maybelline and L'Oreal, may contain lead.

But Dr. Robert Geller, who teaches at the Emory University School of Medicine, said that the levels of lead are so small, they probably won't affect most users.

A Valentine's Day gift, from young men to those in need

On Valentine's Day, lovers and spouses across the world give each other gifts. But we're about to tell you about a group of young men who gave their gifts to kids in need.

This story is also about their mentor, who in turn got to see the product of his gift.

"We've got a lot of poverty, single-income parents, low-income neighborhoods," Horace Dukes says of the kids in his Dukes Foundation program, "but what we say is, 'It's not where you are; it's where you're going to.'"

A teacher in the Atlanta school system, Horace Dukes started the Dukes Foundation in 2003 as a mentorship program for at-risk youth. Now nine years in, he has 60 kids under his wing and focused on the future.

"He takes us, he molds us into young and successful young men," says current student Marcus Johnson.

Adds fellow student Javier Gober, currently in 9th grade, "It's like a fraternity in a way, like a brotherhood, like a small bond between each other."

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

Webinar will focus on data center audit standards and assessments

David Barton will address professional service organizations and their customers and lead a discussion on data center audit standards and assessments during a webinar Tuesday, February 14th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Chester

ADOPT A PET: Meet Chester


ATLANTA, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.